Ever have a scene that just didn’t hold your readers’ attention? How about an info dump you couldn’t eliminate because it contained vital information?
Janice Hardy offers some good tips for correcting both of these issues in her articles “Ready, Set…Where’s the Action? Keeping Informative Scenes Tense” and “Is a Lack of Action Really the Problem?”
When it comes to adding tension to a story, I personally am a fan of:
- two characters with conflicting opinions going head-to-head
- no-win situations
- point of no return decisions (especially when the protagonist has to choose whether or not to rely on someone who may or may not be trustworthy)
I hope Janice Hardy’s articles give you some good ideas for how to raise the tension in your scenes and keep your readers hooked.